Stop the Horrendous Hackney Road Closures!

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Stop the Horrendous Hackney Road Closures!

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Horrendous Hackney Road Closures
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We are a group of ordinary residents who have come together to oppose one of the largest programme of road closures in Britain, implemented by Hackney Council.
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Latest: Aug. 31, 2021

Our timeline events have now moved

The case timeline we have used to collate our evidence base has now moved following a rebranding of Together Legal. The timeline still exists and all existing case members can still log in and contri…

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Who are we? 

We are a group of ordinary residents and business owners who have come together to oppose one of the largest programme of road closures in Britain, implemented by Hackney Council in North East London, without any prior consultation. We are a cross-generation, cross-community movement, we are pedestrians, motorists, wheelchair user and we are cyclists. We are united in our opposition to the council’s reckless assault on our communities. 

Background

Hackney Council’s road closures and so-called Low Traffic Neighbourhoods have paralysed our neighbourhoods. Their roadblocks have impacted the work of our emergency services, left many elderly and disabled residents stranded in their homes; massively increased journey times, left people struggling to get to work, hospital appointments, care visits, and pushed many local businesses to the brink of failure.


Quiet residential, and even school streets have become gridlocked, sometimes for hours at a time. The hum of stationary engines, the smell of fumes and blaring car horns of frustrated drivers have become all too familiar in many neighbourhoods. The council’s claim that these measures are creating a greener, safer, more child-friendly borough reads like a sick joke.

Why are we raising funds? 

We were not consulted and despite raising many legitimate concerns and a mountain of evidence we are not being listened to and the council are simply ploughing on with more and more closures. In our thousands we have written to our councillors, the Mayor, MPs, completed every online survey, but our concerns fall on deaf ears. Many of these closures were overwhelmingly objected in 2016-2017, when Hackney Council properly consult residents and businesses, but they have used Covid-19 as an excuse to sidestep the democratic process. So we have no option to turn to the law.


Why is this case so important? 

In October heavily pregnant Sabrina DaSilva, 31, thought her waters had broken, and midwives told her to come straight away to Homerton Hospital. Local newspaper the Hackney Gazette reported that her car “got stuck in the same spot for 35 minutes” and so she had to abandon her car and “walk the remaining 25-minute journey to hospital, despite being in pain.” 

We have numerous cases of desperate people struggling to get to hospital because of gridlocked streets. The site of emergency vehicles trapped on gridlocked streets - deliberately created by council road closures - is sadly an everyday occurrence in Hackney.

Hackney Council’s road closures are costing families, costing the elderly, the vulnerable and costing jobs. Read more stories and testimonials on our website. If we do not reverse these road closures we believe they will ultimately cost lives. Help us reverse these horrendous road closures. 

What legal action are we taking? 

We need to stop the road closures and get the barriers removed. Other boroughs have done it. We have engaged a firm of solicitors and barristers who are making preliminary investigations into what we can do. We have excellent legal grounds to fight this, but we need to raise some serious money to help us do it. Our immediate target is £5,000 but to succeed and go to court, the figure could be more more like £30,000. Help us get started, help us save Hackney.

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Update 5

Horrendous Hackney Road Closures

Aug. 31, 2021

Our timeline events have now moved

The case timeline we have used to collate our evidence base has now moved following a rebranding of Together Legal. The timeline still exists and all existing case members can still log in and contribute evidence on the Problem Shared website here. Full link: https://problem-shared.com/cases/991623710

Update 4

Horrendous Hackney Road Closures

July 9, 2021

Pollution and traffic monitoring

Together Legal is now producing real-time traffic and particulate matter (PM2.5 & PM10) measurements to understand how frequently the borough exceeds WHO limits. You can view the data here.

Update 3

Horrendous Hackney Road Closures

July 8, 2021

Crowdsourcing evidence

We are collating our evidence base using Together Legal        https://together-legal.org/cases/991623710 . We are looking to collate as much information as possible and would invite anyone to join the Together Legal group and contribute.

Update 2

Horrendous Hackney Road Closures

June 18, 2021

Date for courtcase

After battling Hackney Council through the courts since December & following our successful appeal, our case is due to be heard over 2 days from Wednesday 30th June.

We are challenging the Council’s decision to close 32 borough roads in 2020 effectively to create gated Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in specially selected area. 


Without exception, all vehicles must now travel longer on fewer roads increasing congestion and pollution, above all on our main residential roads where most people walk or cycle. Many of our schools and nurseries are on these roads and there are serious concerns about the danger to the health of our children and young people.


Although the Council had been planning these traffic displacement measures since long before the Covid pandemic, it failed to properly consider these negative impacts when its Experimental Traffic Orders were rushed through. 

The Council failed to consider all our roads and failed to tackle the problems where they are worst – like places where traffic air pollution is double national standards. Rather than inclusive traffic management where all roads are considered, areas with the highest levels of pollution have been sacrificed with the creation of LTN in certain areas. This has resulted in environmental and social injustice with children, disabled people, the elderly and our BAME communities being most disadvantaged.


We believe that the wider community strongly supports our action – we have over 850 members of our company, over 7,300 Facebook followers, and a petition with over 16,000 signatures calling for the Council to reverse its scheme and conduct proper consultation, which would include a detailed impact assessment. Our members have guaranteed to meet the Council’s costs if we lose our claim, so the public purse will not lose out. But we’re here to win!

The Court of Appeal has ruled that our grounds are arguable, and we believe that we have strong legal grounds for our challenge. We have now reached the most expensive stage of our case and we need your help more than ever to meet our target. Help us save Hackney’s most vulnerable residents from the Council’s horrendous road closure scheme.


Please continue to support us.

Update 1

Horrendous Hackney Road Closures

Jan. 19, 2021

Moving Forward

Our solicitors, with input from specialist barristers, have now issued an application in the High Court for permission to proceed to a judicial review of Hackney’s road closure and LTN schemes. We need to stop the road closures and get the barriers removed until there is proper public consultation on the best approach to manage traffic in our borough. Other boroughs have removed their restrictions and are now consulting the public. We believe that we have good legal grounds for our challenge, but we need to raise some serious money to help us fight and win it. We have already raised over £5,000 to start the case but to see it through we will need to raise over £30,000. Help us save Hackney’s residents from the Council’s horrendous road closure schemes.

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